La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre French for The sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestraor simply La mer i. The SeaL. Composed between andthe piece was premiered in Paris in October It was initially not well received; even some who had been strong supporters of Debussy's work were unenthusiastic.
But the work was given in the US in and Britain inand after its second performance in Paris, init quickly became one of Debussy's most admired and frequently performed orchestral works. The first audio recording of the work was made in Since then, orchestras La Mer: De Laube À Midi Sur La Mer - Debussy* - Immagini E Impressioni conductors from around the world have set it down in many studio or live concert recordings.
La mer was the second of Debussy's three orchestral works in three sections. He began composing the work while visiting his parents-in-law in Burgundy ; by the time it was complete, he had left his wife and was living with Emma Bardacwho was pregnant with Debussy's child.
Debussy retained fond childhood memories of the beauties of the sea, but when composing La mer he rarely visited it, spending most of his time far away from large bodies of water. He drew inspiration from art, "preferring the seascapes available in painting and literature The last was also dropped, as too reminiscent of ballet, and the less specific Bad Day, Worst Day - DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz XI: Generation Now of the dialogue between the wind and the sea took its place.
Debussy completed La mer in March at the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne on the English Channel coast, which he described to his publisher, Durand, as "a charming peaceful spot: the sea unfurls itself with an utterly British correctness. La mer is scored for 2 flutespiccolo2 oboescor anglais2 clarinets3 bassoonscontrabassoon4 horns3 trumpets2 cornets3 trombonestubatimpanibass drumThings I Hate - Platoon Fourteen - The Things I Hate EPtriangletam tamglockenspiel2 harps and strings.
A La Mer: De Laube À Midi Sur La Mer - Debussy* - Immagini E Impressioni performance of the piece lasts about 23 or 24 minutes. Debussy called La mer "three symphonic sketches," deliberately avoiding the term symphony.
Trezise writes that "for much of La Mer, Debussy spurns the more obvious devices associated with the sea, wind, and concomitant storm in favour of his own, highly individual vocabulary". The author, musicologist and pianist Roy Howat has observed, in his book Debussy in Proportionthat the formal boundaries of La mer correspond exactly to the mathematical ratios called the Golden Section.
The premiere was given on 15 October in Paris, by the Orchestre Lamoureux under the direction of Camille Chevillard. Pierre Lalocritic of Le Tempshitherto an admirer of Debussy's work, wrote, "I do not hear, I do not see, I do not smell the sea".
Last night's concert began with a lot of impressionistic daubs of color smeared higgledy-piggledy on a tonal palette, with never a thought of form or purpose except to create new combinations of sounds. The work was not performed in Britain untilwhen the composer — though a reluctant conductor [n 6] — gave a performance at the Queen's Hall ; the work was enthusiastically reviewed in The Times but The Observer thought it lacked "real force of elemental strength".
One reason for the negative reception at the Paris premiere may have been public disapproval of Debussy's treatment of his wife,  but another was the mediocre performance by the conductor and orchestra.
Chevillard was a respected interpreter of the classics, but was not at home with new music. Trezise records that at the time, many felt the concert presented the real first performance of the piece. Although some of Debussy's contemporaries drew analogies between La mer and French Impressionist paintings — much to the composer's irritation — others have detected the influence of his admiration for the English painter J.
Turner ; and Debussy's choice of Hokusai 's The Great Wave off Kanagawa for the cover of the printed score indicates the influence of Japanese art on him. His biographer Edward Lockspeiser called La mer "the greatest example of an orchestral Impressionist work",  and more recently in The Cambridge Companion to Debussy Nigel Simeone commented, "It does not seem unduly far-fetched to see a parallel in Monet 's seascapes". In the decades after the premiere La mer established itself in the core orchestral repertoire.
It has been reissued on LP and CD. La mer has influenced a number of composers throughout the 20th century Luciano Berio quoted La mer in the 3rd movement of his Sinfonia ;  [n 8] John Williams used simplified versions of motifs from La mer in the score he wrote for Jaws ;  and in the Norwegian composer Biosphere loosely based his ambient album Shenzhou around looped samples of La mer.
La mer served as an influence for the Nine Inch Nails song of the same name from their album The Fragile. Trent Reznor wrote this song during his time at an ocean side home where he said he was trying to write music, but in reality he was also suicidal, and La Mer was the only song he managed to write during this time.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from La Mer Debussy. Piero Coppola's second recording plays for La Mer: De Laube À Midi Sur La Mer - Debussy* - Immagini E Impressioni than 21 minutes,  and a recording of a performance under Sergiu Celibidacheissued by EMI inplays for a total of 33 minutes and 11 seconds.
In he called it "a poetic work in which Debussy has so wondrously caught the rhythms and colors of the seas. And each time is like the first time!
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